Millions of people worldwide suffer from constipation, a condition characterized by a
difficulty passing stools or the frequent passage of hard, dry stools. Ideally, a person will
pass at least one stool a day, and in some cases, may go up to 3 times. Even occasional
constipation can contribute to a whole host of other health problems, as waste held too long
within the body can act as a “poison” if not expelled within a day or so.
Peppermint essential oil (mentha arvensis) can be a powerful remedy in the treatment
of constipation. It is thought to have the ability to relieve gastrointestinal problems by
adapting the flow of calcium unto muscle cells in the intestines, which in turn regulates
muscle contractions, particularly those in the colon.
In the morning, place 2-3 drops of peppermint oil in a glass of warm water or herbal tea.
Drink slowly and allow the oil to absorb into the intestinal tract. This method can also be
used to treat “acute” cases of constipation.
Dilute 3 -5 drops of peppermint oil in 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil (such as olive, coconut
or jojoba). Massage this mixture on the lower abdomen. Peppermint oil can also be used in
an undiluted form, though caution should be taken as it may cause a slight skin irritation.
Place a drop on the stomach meridian pressure point (on the top of the foot, between the
second and third toes). Repeat 2-3 times a day.
Place a drop on additional pressure points including wrists, behind the ears, and between
the thumb and index finger.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.